Quite a few houses here are decorated with mosaics. The most frequent type of images that you see are trees and other natural things. It is very unusual to see any mosaics on houses in the UK – so it is strange to see so many here. Many houses here are also painted in very bright and diverse colours.
It’s not uncommon to find the bottom half of tree trunks painted white here. All over the city, most trees along streets and roads have this done – it is done primarily to deter insects from climbing up the trees. Although it must be beneficial for the trees and the nearby apartment buildings, it is not a particularly aesthetically pleasing way to repel insects. Trees in parks and woods are left alone and are not painted.